February 22, 2014 by ceresbooksworld
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.
Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.
My review :
I downloaded this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for agreeing to leave a review.
Before this book, I knew nothing about the Hindu myths and legend and this book taught me many things on these myths and I had no problem to read it or understand it.
Let’s talk a little about the story, Sera is a young 16 years old teenager who has only two friends, Dev and Kyle. She goes to school only recently because she was home schooled before. Her relatives are very protective.
She has many nightmares and further to several incidents her mother teaches her that she is not human. She discovers that Kyle and Dev are not what they claim. Only his younger brotherNate is honest and help her.
Kyle lost his mother when he was very young and was transferred in foster home. Before dying his mother has try to kill him by telling him that his place was in Xybalba. All the choices he takes are for protect Sera.
Dev is Sera’s friend and he supports her without hesitation, he loves her in an unconditional way.
I liked the way the author made feels Sera’s feelings as she has nightmare but also as she discovers whom she is. It is very well written and there is no single moment when we are bored.
The love triangle doesn’t bother me, during the entire book, I didn’t manage to choose between Dev and Kyle. Dev is kind by nature, he doesn’t know how to male differently while Kyle has to fight to be good and it’s probably for that reason that I became attached to him more than to Dev. But my heart hesitates between both and I cannot choose.
This book was a real adventure for me and I love the Hindu myths and now I want to know more.
It’s really well written and it was an intense reading.
It’s the first book of Amalie Howard that I read and now I want to read waterfell which is in my To be read list.